Pietersen declared fit for fifth Ashes Test

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England fans can breathe a sign of relief as batsman Kevin Pietersen has been declared fit for the fifth Ashes Test at The Oval next week, after undergoing a precautionary scan on his troublesome knee.

England fans can breathe a sign of relief as batsman Kevin Pietersen has been declared fit for the fifth Ashes Test at The Oval next week, after undergoing a precautionary scan on his troublesome knee.

Pietersen was denied permission to play for Surrey in the T20 finals this weekend, but a scan on Wednesday showed he would be fit for the Test against Australia, where England will be aiming to secure a four-nil series win.

An ECB statement read on Wednesday: "Kevin Pietersen had a precautionary scan on his right knee today as part of an ongoing monitoring process following the bone bruising injury that occurred in February.

"Kevin remains available for selection for the fifth Ashes Test and will continue to receive treatment on his right knee as part of his rehabilitation programme over the course of the remainder of the series and beyond."

Thus far in the Ashes, Pietersen has scored one fifty and one century, but has not been as prolific as predicted, and has also battled a calf niggle on top of his knee knack.

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